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International Association for Word and Music Studies
Berlin, June 2003

The International Association for Word and Music Studies (WMA) takes
pleasure in announcing its Fourth International Conference to be held at
the Free University of Berlin, Germany, from June 18 to 22, 2003. It
follows the First International Conference, held at Graz, Austria, in
1997, the Second International Conference, held at Ann Arbor, MI, USA, in
1999, and the Third International Conference, held at Sydney, Australia,
in 2001.

The Proceedings of the Graz and Ann Arbor conferences were published as
volumes 1 and 3 of the association's book series, Word and Music Studies
(WMS). The Sydney Proceedings will form volume 4, due to come out in
summer 2002. The Berlin papers are also expected to be published in the

Scholars from all areas of activity in Word and Music Studies are invited
to participate in the Berlin conference which, in continuation of WMA's
earlier practice, will be devoted to two themes, one of which is a regular
feature of WMA conferences.

The first theme, "Music and the Spoken Word", is broadly conceived. It
encompasses any aspect of a vast spectrum of possible topics, ranging from
the melodrama of antiquity to contemporary rap music and beyond. It is
hoped that contributors to this theme will explore in the appropriate
historical depth and geographical breadth the manifold interactions and
will focus on the interpretive potential of both the convergences and the
divergences between the two discrete yet conjoined artistic media. In many
instances it may be rewarding to consider the performative aspects of a
given topic.

The second theme, retitled "Surveying the Field"  formerly "Defining the
Field", remains a regular feature at WMA conferences, aimed at airing
general, i. e. theoretical and methodological questions innate to Word and
Music Studies as an established scholarly field. It will also continue
surveying recent developments and new directions in this ever evolving
branch of interdisciplinary inquiry.

Members of the Programme Committee are Walter Bernhart (University of
Graz, Austria), Albrecht Riethmüller (Free University of Berlin, Germany)
and Steven Paul Scher (Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA).

Abstracts of conference papers, not exceeding 300 words, may be submitted,
preferably by e-mail, or by fax, to Walter Bernhart by 1 October 2002, to
the following address:, or fax: +43-316-380-9765.

Abstracts should include a title and a brief statement of the perspective
the presentation will take on one of the conference themes. The duration
of the presentation should be carefully planned not to exceed 30 minutes.

The local organizer in Berlin is Professor Dr Albrecht Riethmüller. The
2003 WMA conference, co-hosted by the Musicology Department of the Free
University of Berlin and the Staatliche Institut für Musikforschung
Preussischer Kulturbesitz, will be held in the Curt Sachs Auditorium of
the Museum of Musical Instruments in Berlin (Tiergarten). The museum is
next door to the Berlin Philharmonic Hall and across the street from the
Staatsbibliothek (Potsdamer Strasse) and the Sony Center.